P1.42B to be used for improvement of military camps


Posted at Sep 23 2012 08:32 PM | Updated as of Sep 24 2012 07:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will use the P1.42-billion released recently by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to improve military camps across the country.

"DBM said that the total fund release will be used to support various military upgrade initiatives, including architectural and engineering upgrades amounting to P1.14 billion," AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said.

On top of the upgrades, there will also be a construction of a P282-million Combined Arms Readiness Training Center and the implementation of P594,000 worth of projects of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command.

"The AFP leadership deems the fund release advantageous in its efforts to expedite the implementation of the military camp and facilities improvement projects, which are included in its Bases and Support Systems Development programs," Burgos said.

He added the upgrade will boost the soldiers’ readiness and morale. Soldiers on the field have long been complaining of lack of equipment and other necessary structures.